This has been an exciting/interesting week and here's why:
- Last Thursday night, after I blogged, I slept over at my friend Esther's house. Sara and Evey were there, too. We played games and made cheesecake, but my favorite part was right before bed, when we had a mini Bible study. I didn't realize that was in the plan, but I happened to have my small Bible in my bag. We just sat in a little circle and read Proverbs 31 and talked about what kind of women we want to be. It was lovely and heartwarming. And it made me excited for hopefully doing "family Bible studies" at the dorm, like we did for Advent. :)
- Friday, we filmed our zombie scene. It was ridiculously awesome, even if we did get some funny looks from passers-by (that actually contributed to the fun). My mom, Esther, Peter, as well as siblings (and their friends) of Jill, Sara, and Rachael also participated. And I am so grateful to everyone who came out to dress up as a zombie and have scabby Corn Flakes painted onto them to help.
- We filmed all day Saturday with Mark, which was fun, even if I did miss out on the Irish pub concert. :/ At least we went by Arby's and heard the cool accent drive-thru guy. ...He will be investigated further...
- Sunday I ran one of the cameras at church for the first time that wasn't just for practice. It was really fun. I like live camera work. A lot. Basically, we have 4 cameras. One person operates each camera. The director can see the shots from each of the cameras and he decides which one to put up on the screen at what time. It's fun, trust me. Especially since the service on Sunday was rather spectacular. The worship band played some of my favorite Jesus music, and Seth Stewart did a poetry slam/preaching thing that was really powerful!
Later that night, Sara, Rachael, and I went to Jill's to have a closing ceremony viewing party, complete with pizza. And you guys...the Olympic closing ceremony had One Direction, the SPICE GIRLS!!!, and Take That! I was so excited, especially when Take That sang their song, "Rule the World," which is on the end credits of Stardust, and is the song that made me love them in the first place. And I love Britain. Just throwing that in there, in case I haven't said it enough.
- Monday, things got horrifying. We went up to Mammoth to turn in/re-check-out the camera equipment, then later discovered that the computers ATE A LOT OF OUR FOOTAGE! INCLUDING THE ZOMBIES!!! *insert Frodo NOOOOO here*
BUT, we've made a new plan to adapt Expect Squirrels into something very similar using what we still have, in addition to some new ideas. I'm just sooo thankful that all the videos of Mark are still alive! Anyway, then we ate cake to celebrate? I'm not sure what we were celebrating...being temporarily done with filming? Making a new plan? Oh well, does cake need a reason?
OH! And then AMBER showed up at Jill's house and we were all really excited. And then my car was in the shop, so Sara graciously babysat me at Barnes and Noble (because she needs more books, right?) until my dad picked me up.
- Tuesday, I went on a walk around BG from Gatti's parking lot to Tsunami restaurant across from B&N with Amy, Sarah, Other Sara (lol, love you :D), Jill, and Rachael. We did an awful lot of running. No, just kidding. I just wanted to reference Doctor Who, which I talked incessantly about with Sara and Jill that day. I'm sure we got on everyone else's nerves. By the way, Tsunami has really good food, and the waitress was one of the nicest waitresses I've ever encountered. She got a tower of tips thanks to our balancing act with the little menu holder thing.
- Yesterday was the day of Cookie Roulette, as Rachael wrote about in her blog. I didn't get cookies that were very nasty. Then again, most of mine were before we started spinning the plate when a person chose. So no, I didn't peek. But yes, I tried to memorize beforehand the general direction of the not-so-bad-looking cookies. NOT CHEATING! Strategy.
Also, yesterday morning, I finished watching season four of Doctor Who and LKDSJFALSHDFOFAKJFDA;JSDFNASGIHAOIEAJFS;LASKDFJKL; EPIC!!!!! GAHHH! FEELINGS! It was literally the first time I ever cried because of a tv show (or movie, or book, for that matter).
- And then there was today. Let me tell you about today in terms of books.* I am cheap, as you all know. So it takes a lot for me to buy a book, especially when it's a book I haven't previously read and enjoyed. For me to take a chance and buy a book I've never read is a big step. I don't like to commit to that often (and it is a commitment, in terms of money, when you buy a book). Basically, when I'm thinking about buying a book I haven't read, I have to ask myself how attracted I am to that book. Is it a book I will fall madly in love with and want to keep it forever, or is it a book that I'll like a lot, but won't feel the need to actually own? Because, you see, there are books that you like a lot, but you can check them out at the library any time you want to revisit them. It may be a book that makes you feel comfortable reading over and over, a book that is cute, or makes you laugh. But there are certain books that just thrill you and captivate you so much that you feel your life is incomplete if you don't have them to keep and love forever.
So today, I revisited a book I really liked. I mean, really. It was a great book. Funny, cute, comfortable. I would be content enough owning the book, I suppose. But it was just a fun read. It wasn't a book that really grabbed me and wouldn't let go til the last page or anything. I decided, at this point, I won't buy the book. I can check it out at the library from time to time, sure. But it wasn't the book I need to be spending my money on. Not the one to commit to. And who knows? This book may not have even been for sale.
- Also, today I was hanging out with Nathan and Jordan and Jill and Rachael, and then something popped into my mind: Maureen Johnson finally reached 60,000 followers on Twitter. Today is the day she'll reveal some non-spoiling secrets about her next Shades of London book, The Madness Underneath (sequel to The Name of the Star aka the best book I've read all year)! So as soon as I got home I went on Twitter and stalked Maureen Johnson (who has an amazing cat named Sherlock, by the way) and so yeah...EEEEEE! February 26, why are you so far away???...But only Jill cares about this particular point because none of the rest of you have read The Name of the Star. So. Moving on...
- MY COUSIN LINDSEY IS ENGAGED!!!!!! :) *MORE SQUEEING!* She got engaged a couple of days ago, on her birthday, but I only found out tonight. The way I found out? She sent me a picture text of her hand...with a big, lovely diamond ring on it! :D
- It's storming. I like storms, when they're not scary, so I'm happy. But probably not as happy as Nathan, whose hobbies include storm chasing, like with actual tornadoes. I'm not that crazy, but I do love to look at the way the lightning lights up the entire sky sometimes. And the sound of thunder is nice. But my favorite part about summer thunderstorms is when they happen in the afternoon, and you're outside and you hurry to get the clothes off the line or get the floats out of the pool, because you feel the wind getting up, and you literally feel the storm blowing in. It makes me feel like being at sea or something.
- Another cool thing about this week? I think I may have seen a shooting star for the first time! I've always wanted to see one. I'm not certain I did. It happened so fast. But I really hope so, because stars are kind of my favorite things in the sky, ever. Except when I'm in the sky, flying to England. :)
- Also, I made a new video on our YouTube channel. In the words of Cash Wilson, "Czech it out!"
- Also...SOON I GET A SHERBYYYYYYYYYY!!! :D
The End...Man, I feel like this had more almost-endings than Lord of the Rings.
*I hope everyone gets that this is a metaphor.